Fermilab Today Friday, May 15, 2009

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Friday, May 15
11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Vincenzo Cirigliano, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Kaons as Laboratories for Fundamental Physics: Course 2, Lecture 3
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Jeff Hartnell, University of Sussex
Title: NuMI Muon Antineutrinos in MINOS

Monday, May 18
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Andy Smith, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Recent Results from VERITAS (Part 2)
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting Special Topic:
Tevatron Operational Stability - Curia II

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Friday, May 15
- Italian vegetable soup
- Teriyaki chicken
- Southern fried chicken
- Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwich

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Chez Leon

Thursday, May 14
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Wednesday, May 20
- Steak salad w/pomegranate vinaigrette
- Italian cream cake

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In Brief

Go green, organize carpool with PACE Rideshare program

Employees concerned about rising gas prices, a weak economy or their carbon footprint can save a little green by pursuing greener transportation to and from work.

A PACE representative visited Fermilab earlier this week to explain the suburban transit provider's Rideshare, Vanpool and Metra Feeder programs.

The Rideshare program is free, anonymous and Web-based. Riders looking for carpool partners can enter the starting point of their daily commute on the PACE Rideshare Web site. Riders then choose Fermilab from the list of employers for their destination, and select Fermilab again for the street address. Riders can then contact carpool partners without revealing personal information through the Web program.

If you are looking for carpool partners from the West Chicago or Route 59 Metra train stations, enter the address of the train station as the start of your commute in the Rideshare program. You can look up the train station addresses here.

For groups of five or more, PACE offers the Vanpool program for commuting from home and the Metra Feeder program for commuting from Metra train stations. Cost for the Vanpool program is based on round trip distance and willingness to drive and the Metra Feeder program costs a $58 flat fee per month.


Buffalo burger BBQ today at Users' Center

Southern Foodservice Management, Fermilab's foodservice company will host a Buffalo Burger BBQ today. From 4-6 p.m. employees, users and their families can stop by the Users' Center for a half-pound buffalo burger for $6, a half-pound hamburger for $5 or a quarter-pound beef hot dog for $3. In case of rain the event will take place inside the Users' Center. Chips are included. None of Fermilab's bison were harmed to make this event possible.


Asian dance performance event at 12:15 p.m. today

At 12:15 p.m. today in Ramsey Auditorium Fermilab will present a series of cultural dances as part of Fermilab’s celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Five professionally trained dancers of the Xilin Chinese Academy in Naperville will perform a Chinese classical dance. Dancer Archana Bokka will perform “Ragamalika,” a traditional South Indian classical dance and a Bollywood-styled piece.

Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will perform a traditional Korean Dance during an Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebration today in Ramsey Auditorium.

During the same event, Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will perform a traditional Korean folk dance.

Fermilab’s Diversity Council will recognize Asian/Pacific American Heritage month through the rest of May. Check out the display items in the atrium, watch video clips on the ROC screen on Fridays, participate in the weekly trivia quiz set up near the cafeteria and plan to attend the Asian Tea Festival and Art Display in Wilson Hall from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Pat Read will also give a Brown Bag program from noon-1 p.m. on May 26 in One North titled “Chinese Ceramics from 4800 to 1368 AD.”

In the News

Fermilab explores new physics frontier

John Plese, Fermilab herdsman. Image courtesy of Gabriel Spitzer/WBEZ.

From Chicago Public Radio, May 13, 2009

Researchers at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory seem poised to answer some of the most basic questions in science. But now, the focus of high-energy physics is moving away from Chicago's western suburbs. Europe's Large Hadron Collider is expected to dwarf Fermi's collider into obsolescence. Fermilab now has to figure out how to keep up its prominence, its funding, its relevance. So scientists there are making a big pivot, training their sights on a new physics frontier.

Of all the people at Fermilab - cosmologists, Nobel laureates, John Plese may have the coolest job title: lab herdsman.

PLESE: Well that's the herd bull right there, lying down, getting ready to turn over and itch his back.

On a sunny spring morning, this herd of American bison is lolling in the grass. Plese, a muscled guy with a buffalo tattoo on his right shoulder, has been looking after them for about 20 years.

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Congressman Bill Foster explains future of Fermilab

From Chicago Public Radio, May 13, 2009

Congressman Bill Foster is a physicist who participated in several big projects while working at Fermilab for 22 years. But as the Congressional Representative for the area, Foster's job now involves bringing attention and funding to the lab. He tells us whether Fermilab's Tevatron collider might be shut down now that Europe's Large Hadron Collider - or LHC - has displaced it as the highest energy particle collider in the world.

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